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The Trans Pennine Trail is a mainly off road route from Southport to Hornsea and Leeds to Chesterfield, plus a link to York, with many family friendly sections. In Yorkshire the Trans Pennine Trail covers a network of routes, linking the major urban centres of the region including Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Wakefield Leeds, North Yorkshire, Selby, York, East Riding and Hull with many attractions on the way and the chance to explore lots of fantastic countryside in between.
The whole of the Trans Pennine Trial is fully available to walkers, providing a free safe and pleasant place to exercise alone or as part of a group. The route follows a mixture of canal towpaths, disused railway paths, cross-country tracks, bridleways, cycle lanes and minor roads. Long sections of the Trail are traffic free and ideal for families with young children. Easy gradients also make much of the route suitable for people using wheelchairs or pushchairs, whether you are looking for a short walk, a day out or longer. Some of the options on the Trail in Yorkshire include:
*Aire & Calder Navigation Towpath - Enjoy this 5 mile journey from Thwaite Mills Museum along the tranquil towpath of the Aire & Calder Navigation as it winds south-eastwards away from the city to Mickletown.
*The TPT also runs from the Royal Armouries Museum/Clarence Dock to Thwaite Mills alongside the River Aire and Aire Calder Navigation and is also available to cyclists as well as walkers.
*Penistone to Kirkburton
2012 saw a new section of the TPT officially open from Kirkburton to join the TPT at Penistone. There are two routes available, on on-road route available for walkers and cyclists and an off-road option for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The on-road option (10 miles / 16.7km) travels from Kirkburton through Stocksmoor, Shepley, Haddingley and Royd Moor to join the Trail at Millhouse Green. This route will be available for walkers and cyclists.
The off-road route will be slightly longer (13 miles / 20.9km) and travels from Kirkburton, Shelley, Shepley, Cumberworth Common, Denby Dale, Upper Denby, Ingbirchworth, Royd Moor to join the Trail at Thurlstone.
*Barnsley Canal - The towpath of the disused Barnsley Canal from Walton through to Old Royston follows a wooded route and in places is cut through rocky gorge (approx 3 ¼ miles). Anglers Country Park is a good place to explore this section of the Trail from. A short road section (300m) at Old Royston connects to another section of the Trail along the canal (a further 2 miles).
*Dunford Bridge to Penistone - Following the Woodhead rail line on the east of the Pennines along the Upper Don Valley to the attractive market town of Penistone (approx 6 miles)
*Penistone to Old Moor - Follow the old rail line and tracks via Worsbrough to RSPB Old Moor (approx 10 miles), taking in Willow Lane, a picturesque packhorse route into Oxspring.
*Penistone to Grenoside - Follow the old railway east from Penistone, but at Oxspring continue via Thurgoland Tunnel to Wortley (approx 4 ½ miles), then on forest tracks through Wharncliffe Woods to Grenoside (a further 6 miles).
*Old Moor to Adwick Bridge - Leave RSPB Old Moor reserve and follow the River Dearne eastwoods through woodland, undulating fields and riverside paths through to Harlington ( 4.5 miles).
*Elsecar Greenway - Follow the Trail parallel to the disused Barnsley Canal from RSPB Old Moor to Elsecar Heritage Centre (approx 3 miles)
*Dearne Valley and Don Gorge - From Harlington the Trail follows the River Dearne to Conisbrough and then along the Don Gorge to Sprotbrough (approx 5 miles) and then continues along the old railway to Bentley (a further 3 ½ miles).
*Rother Valley to Chesterfield - Follow the old rail line from Rother Valley down to Staveley (approx 5 miles). You then have a choice of heading along the Chesterfield Canal Towpath to Tapton Lock Visitor Centre (a further 4 ½ miles) or continuing along the rail line to Inkersall Green and on quiet roads and lanes to Chesterfield.
*New Junction Canal - This well surfaced section of canal towpath stretches for 3 miles from Braithwaite to Sykehouse.
*Bentley to Braithwaite - Head north from Bentley along easy tracks and old railways through Toll Bar to Tilts and onto Owston Woods. More wandering lanes then take you through small villages until you reach the canal side at Braithwaite (9 miles).
*Sykehouse to Selby - The flat landscape of the Humberhead Levels makes this 17 mile route very easy walking. The Trail follows quiet lanes for much of the way interspersed with a few off road sections.
*Tinsley Canal and Five Weirs Walk - Explore the canal towpath from Meadowhall into the centre of Rotherham. On the way you could call in at the award winning Magna Science Adventure Centre (approx 2 miles). The Trail also runs west from Meadowhall into Sheffield on a surprisingly green route along the Five Weirs Walk (a further 5 miles). This is mostly off road and suitable for older children - watch out for the giant spiders on the cobweb bridge!
*Selby to Brough - This is one of the longer routes at 29 miles but the route runs through open fields and quiet villages on the north bank of the River Ouse and then the River Humber.
*The Solar System - This 15 mile walk will take you through the Solar System. Starting with Pluto just north of Riccall, follow the old East Coast main line railway to find the Sun just north of Bishopthorpe. You can then continue on to the Millennium Bridge at York.
In East Yorkshire:
*North Ferriby to Hessle - This short 2 mile section takes you along the foreshore of the River Humber and under the mighty Humber Bridge that spans this wide estuary.
*Hornsea Rail Path - Follow the old railway from Hull on this 15 mile journey to the eastern most point on the TPT - marked by the Seamark on the seawall at Hornsa. Take time to explore Hornsea Mere, the beach and don't forget to celebrate your arrival with fish and chips or ice cream!
Open all the time
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Parking facilities vary across the trail, key locations are signed with brown and white tourist signs.
By Public Transport:
The trail is accessible from various railway stations making it possible to catch the train back to your starting point